More Football Players Using HGH as Proposed Mandatory Testing Remains Stalled
HGH is making another appearance in mainstream media this month, this time in the NFL, closely following the news of legal proceedings from golfer Vijay Singh against the PGA Tour over their treatment of him after his admission that he used Deer-Antler Spray. Even though a testing program isn’t yet in place, it seems players in the National Football League are using HGH to boost their performance. This news comes on the tail end of months of back and forth debate about the drug testing program the NFL was supposed to have in place. Instead, the player’s union and the league are at a deadlock on the issue of HGH testing due to the perceived fairness of the testing procedure. An article recently published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asserts that HGH use among football players is very common, despite the fact that an HGH drug test could be looming.
One anonymous player talked to the paper, and told the reporter that as many as 10-15 players per team use HGH to help them enhance their game. HGH can increase lean muscle in an athlete, plus it has been used by many injured athletes to help them recover faster, allowing them to quickly get back in the game. NFL players, who rely on strong muscles to train hard and play even harder, take advantage of HGH’s ability to help them increase their muscle mass. Doctors and surgeons who work with athletes agree that HGH has been proven to give people increased muscle mass and help regulate the growth of muscles. Athletes look to HGH to help them enhance their performance through physical changes in the body.
Especially for athletes whose livelihood relies on their physical performance on the field, or on their ability to recover quickly from injuries so they can return to their sport, HGH is a way to ensure careers keep moving forward, paychecks are received and games are played well. And as the standoff between the NFL and the NFL Player’s Association continues over the issue of testing for HGH, athletes are continuing to use it in growing numbers. The issue at hand seems to be the validity of the proposed testing procedure, although scientists and agencies like the World Anti-Doping Agency stand behind the test’s validity.
So what is the true reason for the delay in the implementation of testing procedures? Many feel that because so many athletes use HGH, once testing was in place, so many would test positive for the substance that it would cast a negative light on the sport, the testing, and HGH itself. Clearly, athletes are taking HGH because they believe it works. Athletes in other sports, like cycling, baseball and golf, have taken HGH for the same reason. And many feel that because HGH is something that is produced naturally in the body, taking an HGH supplement isn’t a bad thing, it’s just giving the body a boost of what it already has.